64, of Bradenton, Florida, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Monday, October 24, 2016. Fred was born May 30, 1952 in Logan, WV to Teddy Ray "Ted" Meade and Eleanor "Tyke" Meade. He graduated from Manatee High School in 1970, Manatee Junior College in 1972, University of West Florida in 1974, and received his Master's degree from the University of Leiden, Netherlands in 1975. He began his career as news producer and anchor for WXLT Television, Sarasota, FL in 1976. He went on to become the Director of Economic Development and Public Affairs for the Sarasota County Chamber of Commerce in 1978, then moving to Tampa to become the Director of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce in 1982. In 1990, he accepted a position with Virginia Tech as Science and Technology Park Executive Director. In 1992, he accepted a similar role at Penn State as University Research Park Director. Moving to Montreal, QC in 1999, he specialized in Economic Development with various organizations. He relocated to Bradenton, FL in 2011 as President of Meade Strategies, LLC, and as a senior partner with Explorer Solutions, LLC. Fred loved music, notably The Beatles, and was an enthusiast of many hobbies. His passions included playing guitar, cooking, travel, and art. His motto in life was "unconditional love." He was predeceased by his mother Eleanor "Tyke" Meade in September of 2016, and is survived by his son Aaron Meade, father Teddy Ray "Ted" Meade, brother James "Jamie" Meade, sisters Nanette Meade Beazley and Nora Fitzpatrick, and many extended family members and friends. A Private church service will be held December 10th, 2016 followed by a Celebration of Life from 2:00 – 4:00 PM, 1375 29th Ave W, Palmetto, FL 34221. All friends and family are welcome to attend. Please RSVP with Aaron Meade at email@example.com In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Mote Marine Laboratory at https://mote.org/support/donate
Shannon Funeral Homes, P.A.
5610 Manatee Avenue West
Bradenton, FL 34209
Published in The Bradenton Herald from Nov. 6 to Nov. 7, 2016